The Spanish EU Presidency: Leading the EU Council in the run-up to elections (enr)
Ahead of Spain's EU Presidency, the country's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called for European unity ahead of the elections next year. The socialist wants to lead Europe through crises and aims to settle the major issues by the end of this year: the European migration pact, the debt rules and reducing the bloc's dependence on third countries, among other topics. The national snap elections in July could spoil that. CE Report quoting Agerpres
Spain's EU presidency, which it takes over from Sweden on 1 July, comes in times of crisis. Moreover, it will be the last full presidency before the European elections in the spring of 2024. A time that is usually used to close many issues before the polls. As Spain faces snap elections on 23 July, and surveys are suggesting a possible right-wing government, there is the question of how that could impact policy-making in Brussels in the second half of 2023.
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